Sambandar

Sambandar is the famed child saint, one of the triumvirate or muvar among the Saivite saints of south India. The iconography of Sambandar personifies the legends associated with the child saint; for instance, the bowl in the saint’s left hand denotes the legend of Sambandar receiving a gift of milk from the goddess Parvati. This is a rare depiction of the seventh century child saint Sambandar in wood. The superior detailing of the double lotus pedestal, the saint’s thin waist, extended ear lobes and distinct hair curls as well as the dynamism evident in the figure suggest the hand of a master craftsman.

Date/Period
20th century
Region
Tamil Nadu, South India
Dimension
Object size: 30 x 9 x 9.5 cm
Accession No.
2014-00243
Material
Wood
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Category
Woodcarving